Georgia man held in hammer attack

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WATERLOO, Iowa — A Georgia man is facing 35 years in an Iowa prison for attempted murder and other charges in a November 2009 hammer attack at a Waterloo convenience store.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Ramon Harper was facing a second trial on a charge of being a habitual offender but he took a sentencing deal offered by prosecutors last week.

Harper’s formal sentencing before a judge is pending. Harper’s lawyer also is asking for a new trial.

Authorities say Harper hit Domonique Turner, then 19, several times in the head with a hammer in retaliation for taking a bag of cash that belonged to Harper. Turner later recovered.

Harper was identified on the store’s surveillance footage and arrested in April 2010 in Atlanta.

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